Even if you don’t think about it very often, you can’t help but admit that your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are a staple to you living comfortably in your home. When the furnace breaks down at the height of winter, or your AC stops cooling on a balmy summer’s day, you feel the loss. It’s uncomfortable and, depending on the circumstances of your home and where you live, could actually be detrimental to your health.
Not only do our HVAC systems keep our homes and offices comfortable all year long, but they also help keep our air healthier. This is a must for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions, but everyone benefits from breathing in higher-quality air.
Since your HVAC systems serve such a vital role in your home or workspace, it’s important that they be maintained adequately to ensure proper functionality for years to come. For this purpose, we highly recommend recruiting the assistance of a professional HVAC repair and maintenance company.
Earlier this year, we dropped quite a bit of money on a very large home purchase. A very large home purchase that will keep my pregnant-with-twins-in-the-heat-of-summer self COOL. Can you guess what we purchased?
That’s right – a beautiful shiny brand new air conditioner!
Now, here in Florida, an air conditioner is definitely a necessity. In Florida, we’re reaching the 90’s already, and it doesn’t take much to start feeling pretty durn HOT. And this year, I told my husband that a new air conditioner was just as much an investment in HIS happiness as it was in mine…you ladies understand how that works!
So, out came the 14-year-old air conditioning unit (that really wasn’t even big enough to efficiently cool the square footage of our home) and in went a bigger and better system. I can testify that it’s already SO much better – I can now stand over my stove and cook scrumptious things while feeling the AC blow on the back of my neck. It’s heaven, I tell you, pregnant or not!
Here in Florida, we deal with all kinds of weather. And it’s pretty typical for Monday to be 50 degrees and sunny, and Tuesday to be 80 degrees and pouring rain. So, from one day to the next, you never really know what you’re gonna get on the thermostat. Which means that there are days when our air conditioner doesn’t run at all. And there are days when it does nothing BUT run, poor thing.
When we moved into this house, my hubby did lots of research on the air conditioning unit – things like what to keep it set on to make sure we stayed energy efficient, and when it should be serviced, and how often the filter would need changing. The typical stuff.
But not long after, we had a small issue with it, and called our local AC service folks out. After the issue was corrected, they recommended a programmable thermostat, to which my husband quickly agreed. If it’s a new gadget or techie item, he’s all about it!
Programmable thermostats are a newer innovation for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems that allow for finer control of indoor temperatures than ever before. These thermostats engage at certain times of the day, letting you cut energy costs the rest of the time. Using one effectively requires some thought about how to set it up. Below, you’ll find some tips on using your programmable thermostat as effectively as possible.
On Versus Auto
Many people just turn their HVAC on without paying attention to the thermostat settings, and that is a mistake. Most thermostats have two major settings, “on” or “auto.” Turning your system to “on” leaves the fan operating constantly. This keeps the air quality in your home high by constantly bringing in outside air, but does so at the cost of increased energy bills and air filters which are constantly exposed to dirt, clogging them much quicker. Set to auto, your fan turns on instead when a temperature threshold passes, saving energy but doing little to help air freshness.
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Fall is now in full swing and with that comes increased expenses. Higher costs in utility bills, paying for programs and lunch for the kids, and even the impending holidays around the corner are enough to throw anyone’s budget off. Rather than turn your hair grey by stressing, it is a good idea to get on top of these things now so that you can save money throughout the fall season.
Below are some fairly simple ways you can begin to save money around the house:
1. Weatherproof Your Home
You’re going to need to cut on the heating system soon and this means increased costs for your energy bill. Rather than allow your hard earn cash to blow away with the wind, it is a good idea to weatherproof your home. Check around the house for any small holes or gaps and seal them up so that your heat stays in your home instead of leaving. If you have older windows, adding some plastic can improve the efficiency of your home and keep your heating system from overworking itself. Weatherproofing materials are fairly cheap and will certain generate a return on investment.